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Classic TV Commercial for a UNIVAC computer (1956)

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A classic Television commercial for a UNIVAC computer. This commercial is from a 5 February 1956 CBS-TV telecast. It also promotes CBS-TV's weather service.

Pretty cool commercial if you ask me.


This movie is part of the collection: Classic TV Commercials

Audio/Visual: Sound, Black and White
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; 50s; 50's; 1950s; 1950's; Fifties; Computer; Computers; Vintage; Retro; Nostalgia; Remington Rand; CBS-TV;

Creative Commons license: Public Domain


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Average Rating: 4.63 out of 5 stars4.63 out of 5 stars4.63 out of 5 stars4.63 out of 5 stars4.63 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: uniQ - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 16, 2011
Subject: Absolutely great!
There's so much here. We start with Daly from "What's My Line?" switching us over to the "CBS Remote Unit", which gives us some old hurricane footage. We are assured that the new UNIVAC is "actually doing something" about weather!

We are shown the machine operating with spasmodically jerking tape reels and then printing out a dot-matrix weather forecast!

There are plenty of little things, like the Remington Rand logo in chrome on the machine (Makes it look like a 1950s refrigerator) and the gas powered snow shovel!

Reviewer: Zplomb - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 27, 2010
Subject: awwww
Loved this commercial. It's almost kind of sweet. Back in the days when they used vaccum tubes and stuff. Thanks for uploading it!

Reviewer: jazzfan - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - September 20, 2010
Subject: Cool!
Really neat machines, indeed.

Reviewer: bellhead - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 8, 2009
Subject: Wonderful spot.
Amazing, rare stuff; love it.
I used to work on Univac Exec 1100 machines back in the 70s. A few applications are actually still running on Univac in the old telephone companies.

Reviewer: Meatpies - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - January 31, 2009
Subject: And you at home need to know this... why?
Okay, here we have this big, honkin' computer. It can compute things, as long as you give it plenty of time. See, we have specially trained hamsters running on specially calibrated wheels, so finding answers will take a bit of time. Kinda like trying to kill someone with a wiffle-ball bat.

But this is what we're doing at Remington Rand. Makes that shaver you bought from us seem mighty smart, huh?

Reviewer: billbarstad - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - January 28, 2009
Subject: Great to see!
2,000 calculations per second and the size!

Reviewer: drpsionic - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - January 27, 2009
Subject: And memory too
And it had all of 12 K of memory!

Reviewer: Seto-Kaiba_Is_Stupid - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - January 27, 2009
Subject: Wow
This commercial is so cool, and I uploaded it because I felt that you lovely people deserve to see this lovely commercial for a lovely computer.

My friend Joey Wheeler loves this commercial too, he says it's more fun than farting.

Historical Value: 5/5
Entertainment Value: 4/5
Camp Value: 2/5
"Whoo-eee" Value: 6/5
Stock footage value: 3/5

Overall: 4/5.